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Ted Cruz 2016: What 5 Leading Pundits Say About GOP Presidential Hopeful

By    |   Monday, 29 Dec 2014 08:50 PM

Ted Cruz has either become a rising star or a divider within the Republican Party, according to pundits. Since his election as a U.S. senator from Texas in 2012, he has grabbed the center stage with possibilities of a presidential victory in the 2016 race.

These five political observers offer a variety of views on his chances along the road to the White House.

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David Frum envisioned a divided Democratic Party by 2016 with a battle between Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren in an article for The Daily Beast. The Democrats’ continued move to the left could help Cruz as long as he maintains a strong fundraising base.

Cruz “could offer the vice presidency to Chris Christie” to balance a Republican ticket. Cruz would have enough conservative backing so he could center his campaign on issues that appeal to moderates and disenchanted Democrats. Frum wrote that this would help Republicans win back the states captured by George W. Bush in 2004 for a narrow victory.

2. Cruz is viewed as a “rock star among many conservatives,” according to Philp Klein in the Washington Examiner. However, his experience in the Senate is limited, being elected in 2012. Cruz could say the same thing was true with Obama, but he has made great progress with his work in the Senate.

If Cruz runs an unsuccessful 2016 campaign, it could damage his goals as a crusader in the Senate. “That would deal a greater blow to his ability to advance a conservative agenda than if he declined to run and instead exerted influence from the outside,” Klein wrote.

3. Cruz’s marvelous performances in speeches help make him a front-runner for Republicans, Michael Tracey wrote in The American Conservative.

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“He manages to strike some sort of preternatural balance between fiery Southern Baptist sermon and stand-up comedy routine, invariably bringing crowds to their feet,” Tracey pointed out.

Cruz’s intelligence as a Harvard Law graduate and his Hispanic ancestry could boost his chances for the presidency.


4. However, Cruz’s reputation as a staunch conservative could cause a division in the GOP ranks, according to Dylan Scott at Talking Points Memo. Of Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio, “Cruz is undoubtedly the biggest troublemaker — and he relishes that role,” Scott noted.

Cruz’s role as a maverick in the Republican Party could disturb the moderates the GOP needs to hold onto the Senate majority they won in 2014, he wrote.


5. Cruz has a goal of expanding the conservative turnout in 2016 by attracting voters who normally vote Democrat, including Jews, Hispanics, and millennials, according to Eliana Johnson in National Review.

Cruz strategists told Johnson that the Texas senator wants to appeal to the traditional values of those groups, rather than aiming at independents with moderate policies. Cruz is hoping a spot as the GOP’s nominee will give the public a better understanding of his views.

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